Everton manager Ronald Koeman has hit out at Martin O'Neil and James McCarthy, claiming they ignored medical advice to get James McCarthy to play against Wales last week.
The midfielder came into the Irish camp with hamstring problems and was a major doubt for the World Cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium last Friday.
He was passed fit to play, but ended up being a late withdrawal from the starting side just before kick-off, with O’Neill saying McCarthy had 'overstretched' in the warm-up.
Koeman has history with O’Neill over McCarthy’s fitness, and he has hit out again at the Irish boss.
He has claimed that both the manager and player ignored medical advice from both the Everton and Ireland camps, who had advised against playing the midfielder.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman
"It was a final decision against the medical staff of Ireland and also against the medical staff of Everton," said Koeman.
"And there are two people responsible for that.
“One is the player himself.
“Finally, if he says, yes I'm fit, ok, but even the player needs protection from the manager and, once again, they didn't give that protection to the player."
O’Neill had insisted that McCarthy “wanted to play and he was fit to play".
The midfielder is now set for further spell out injured.
It’s a fresh blow to Koeman, who will also be without Seamus Coleman for the rest of the season, after the Irish skipper suffered a double leg break against the Welsh.